In 1986, a 74-year old rickshaw puller by the name of Bai Fangli came back to his hometown planning to retire from his backbreaking job. There, he saw children working in the fields, because they were too poor to afford tuition fees.
Bai returned to Tianjin and went back to work as a rickshaw puller, moved to a simple room next to the railway station. He ate simple food and wore discarded second-hand clothes he found. He gave all of his hard-earned money to support children who could not afford education.
He continued to work for nearly 15 years, funding the education of poor students. In 2001, he drove his rickshaw to Tianjin Yaohua Middle School, delivering his last installment of money. Nearly 90 years old, he told the students that he couldn’t work any more. All of the students and teachers were moved to tears.
In total, Bai had donated 350,000 yuan to help more than 300 poor students continue with their studies. In 2005, Bai passed away at the age of 93, leaving behind an inspiring legacy.
If an elderly man driving a rickshaw can make such a positive difference in this world, why can’t we?